The first box I reviewed (here) was a backdated one from summer but this is the official The Vegan Kind – February beauty box (£15 + 3.15p&p), which is why I’ve gotten lip scrubs in two consecutive boxes, by chance I suppose.
Tea Face Healing Hydration Scrub (RRP £17.99)
Apart from me wanting to call this ‘Tea-y Mc Tea Face’ I actually think this product is worth a post of it’s own because I need to show it to you properly. It’s a face or body scrub made up of green tea granules and essential oils which hydrates and evens skin tone and texture. Very effective!
Discount Code: YTVEGANK10 for 10% off from 1st Feb – 31st March http://www.yourtea.com
Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner 150ml (£6.99)
This newly launched haircare range is vegan and 97% natural, free from petrochemicals, silicones, parabens and sulphates. The last time I used an intensive conditioner all over my hair I had to wash my roots again the next day! Not so with this leave-in conditioner as the shea butter and argan oil moisturised all of my hair evenly and balanced it perfectly. Naturally, I still had to oil my coarse hair afterward but only nearer toward the ends as the rest simply didn’t need it – hurrah!
Discount Code: NOUTVK25 for 25% off from 1st Feb – 31st March http://www.naughtyhaircare.co.uk
Grounded Edible Mango Lip Scrub (£4.95)
When something has edible in the tittle, you know that it’s totally natural. This is the perfect flavour for a lip scrub as it’s tropical rather than sickly sweet. It also has the perfect amount of Jojoba oil to moisturise but not too much that the sugar granules slide around ineffectively like other lip scrubs I’ve tried. This actually worked perfectly!
Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge (RRP £4.99)
The sponge is latex free which I appreciate and I like the idea that it comes in a zip lock pouch but the plastic of the pouch has that chemical kind of smell that cheap inflatables have, which rather spoils it. Still, a great tool to apply your perfecting/matifying moisturiser, foundation and shimmer or highlighter and also easily washable of course. I’m sticking to brushes when to comes to applying powder though.
Discount Code: VEGAN15 for 15% off http://www.spectrumcollections.com
PHB Ethical Beauty 100% Organic Apricot Lip Gloss (RRP £12.95)
I’d say around 80% of the lipgloss I’ve tried have immediately given me a mild sore throat. This does not and it doesn’t smell or taste of sweets and my hair and my Bloke don’t get accidentally glued to it and it actively moisturises lips (even mine) with Shea Butter and Jojoba oil. It’s more like a slightly frosted lip balm with a doe foot applicator. Again, another perfect product!
This is the best beauty box out there in my opinion because it’s great value for money, the products are natural and luxurious and the brands are all cruelty free.
The Bloke has been looking for a reliable cruelty free mens skincare brand since L’Oreal took ownership of The Body Shop, which was his usual go to brand. So he was really pleased to come across the British brand Bull Dog.
- BUAV (leaping bunny) approved cruelty free
- No animal derived ingredients ever
- Certified ‘Ethical Company’ by Good Shopping Guide
- No artificial colours
- No synthetic fragrances
Original Moisturiser (with Aloe, Camelina and Green Tea) £6.00
The Blokes face gets battered by the weather when he’s on his bike and this moisturiser really protects, calms and replenishes his skin.
Original Face Wash (with Aloe, Camelina and Green Tea) £4.00
So many face washes are either too scented, too foamy or too oily but he says this one is perfect and also uses it as a body wash in the bath and shower.
I’d gotten to the point where if I had to colour one more leaf (out of hundreds) I was going to throw my adult colouring book out of the window. Same with flowers. Also, daffodils are very pretty but everyone knows they are yellow, so exactly where is the creativity in that? When I received an email asking me did I want to review Natasha Itzcovitz’s debut The Whimsical Fashion Colouring Book I was really excited for the opportunity to actually be creative again.
For me colouring is relaxing and a creative outlet, even on the days when I have fatigue and brain fog and lack the capacity to draw something myself. It’s a great distraction from any negative thoughts and a good exercise in mindfulness as unlike watching TV, which is incredibly passive, it requires enough concentration to keep you focussed.
Mermaids are so passé, It’s time octomaids get the attention they deserve!
The difference between using marker pens and colouring pencils has been a revelation! You can get so much variation in texture and depth of colour with pencils, which comes in handy when colouring fabric and hair.
With 100 hand drawn illustrations there will be at least a few characters in here you will personally identify with and other styles covering many decades which you can let your imagination loose on.
Another thing I really love about this colouring book is some of the concepts are rather bonkers, which suits me just fine, ha!
There’s also a pirate, hipster guys and this cute skater boy.
Not the most moisturising lipstick I’ve ever used but it does glide on smoothly, doesn’t dehydrate lips and lasts an average amount of time. ‘Touch of Pink’ is a warm dusky pink shade which would flatter most people and is true to the sample shade on the UK website. Average-good value for money which e.l.f always is.
This is the kind of eyeshadow that is easy to apply with your fingers but it’s also the kind which will end up in a line in the crease of your eye, unless you use primer first and even a tiny dusting of powder afterward. ‘Ain’t That Sweet’ appears paler in reality than on the website but used on the eyelids it’s the perfect shade for green or blue eyes or used sparingly at the highest part of the brow bone.
I needed a rich medium-dark brown eyeshadow for my cut crease to add depth to my very hooded eyes and ‘Bark’ is the perfect colour. However, the sample square on the UK website makes it look like a matte grey-ish brown so do go off the full picture instead. A lot of people use matte shadow for this but I’ve found shadows which are slightly metallic help to open up my eyes more and makes them appear less ‘frowny’. Studio baked Eyeshadow is easy to blend when dry but the colour has more of an impact when applied with a damp brush.
e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream (normally) £12.50 for 14g
This free sample was included with my order. I actually prefer the cooling effects of eye gel which I normally keep in the fridge. I suffer from terrible under eye bags rather than dark circles and found that the Illuminating Eye Cream didn’t make much of a difference aesthetically but it did make my eyes feel much fresher and more awake.
After my NYX liquid lipstick wearing off after eating a starter of Chaat which isn’t even greasy, I knew I had to try Kat Von D’s Ever Lasting Lipstick instead. I’d also run out of powder and was going to try her Lock It Loose Powder but decided with my Dyspraxia I’d probably get it everywhere and went for the Powder Foundation instead which I figured I would have dual usage.
Colour – This is one of the few times a brands foundation has matched my skin tone perfectly.
Coverage – Unfortunately it offers very minimum coverage. I built it by patting it onto my skin and then giving my face an incredibly fine misting of water, letting it dry and repeating twice more. I was very impressed that it never looked cakey but any imperfections were still visible underneath.
Price – £27 is a lot to pay for powder but it set my liquid foundation perfectly and left my skin looking smooth rather than flakey or dry.
Final thoughts – I’d recommend this if you have a very even skin tone and just want a soft flattering finish. As a powder this works wonders and held my foundation in place all night, even in a hot crowded bar until 1.00am!
Colour – The first thing I have to say is that when you click on the sample colours on the Debenhams website the main picture of the product does not change colour so you only have a tiny square to go off. Double Dare (a terracotta toned pink) matched the sample square perfectly, the other Noble was way too pale and looked more like concealer! If you can, go down to the actual shop and sample the testers properly.
Texture – Goes on smoothly with the doe foot applicator, even coverage, dries down quickly but didn’t dry out my pout at all.
Staying power – Through two cocktails and two courses of food but was beaten by my desert.
Price – £17 is a reasonable price to pay for a product which lasts so long and doesn’t dry out lips.
Final Thoughts – This is the best liquid lipstick I’ve ever used.